The protests agains the Citizenship Amendment Act (and NRC) have been going on in full swing. In some places, there have been internet shutdowns and detentions; in others, people have managed to hold peaceful marches, with the cops cooperating and ensuring everyone’s safety, like it should be. But one thing that has been a constant in all these protests, apart from people’s dissent and determination of course, has been the sharp wit with which they’ve written the slogans.
From pop culture references like Baby Yoda from The Mandalorian and Cersei Lannister from Game of Thrones to trending memes like Gordon Ramsay’s ‘Idiot sandwich’ and Bigg Boss’ ‘What is this behaviour, Pooja?’, the protesters came armed with their sarcasm A-Game. What’s more, some of them were not even witty or funny, but some of the most simple and direct statements that still managed to convey their emotions towards the CAA and NRC. One of the most common trends was the meme-fication of Home Minister Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Below are some of the best ones that were spotted during Mumbai’s August Kranti Maidan protest as well as from other cities.
These slogans on banners, posters and placards screamed loudly enough for everyone to hear the voice of the people. They made you laugh, but they also made you think. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that the slogans were the physical embodiment of Indian Twitter’s satirical sense of humour, which shone prominently in times of major outrage.
Oh, and if you thought India’s youth is wasting their life making TikTok videos, here’s proof that those videos could have much deeper significance, if only we tried to interpret them well.